Trump pledges '100%' support during post-Florence visit to North Carolina

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When the woman said that only their windows vibrated during that killer storm, Trump told them to "have a good time".

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It was the same message at Trump's first stop in North Carolina, where Gov. Roy Cooper and federal and state officials briefed the president at a Marine Corps air station in Havelock, which sits among areas Florence hit hardest.

Poultry is North Carolina's biggest agricultural industry, contributing over $36 billion to the state's economy and employing around 127,000 people.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", Cooper said.

Many rivers are still rising and some are in major or record flood stage.

President Trump reassured residents of the storm-damaged Carolinas on Wednesday that "we're giving you a lot of help" as he toured areas still dealing with flooding, power outages, and road and school closures from Florence, considered among the costliest natural disasters in USA history.

Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday that "everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence", but predicted that Democrats would soon criticise the federal response.

"When a hurricane like Florence hits, we have to hope and pray that our communities do not suffer the consequences of years of irresponsible coal ash practices by the coal ash utilities".

A wall of concrete barriers and plastic sheets is being built along US Highway 501 to save the main road into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from going underwater.

Officials says "danger still immediate" as record flooding continues to plague parts of the USA state. On Wednesday, she took us there.

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A submerged auto sits surrounded by water outside a home in a flooded neighbourhood in Lumberton, North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington, population 120,000, was still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people waited for hours Tuesday for handouts of food, water and tarps.

Hog farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

Most of the damage caused by Harvey and Florence has come from the flooding, which has devastated cities and rural areas, turning highways into rivers and pastures into lakes.

Meanwhile, North Carolina authorities said that the number of lagoons holding hog waste that are damaged or at risk of overflowing continues to increase as flood waters rise in sections of the state that saw the most severe results from Hurricane Florence.

The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people are "in harm's way".

Nests of poisonous fire ants were seen in flood waters across North Carolina, after Florence battered the region with heavy downpours over the weekend.

Hewett said the Cape Fear River could crest to its highest historic level - about 62 feet - by Wednesday.

Meantime, swine losses in North Carolina are estimated at 5,500, state veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes said.

A vehicle sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 18, 2018.

Jordan is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

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